How to tell if your transom is rotten

Bad rot will lead to totally deteriorated wood and a lot of flex in the transom when the outdrive unit is under load. If you're not experiencing that, then your transom overall is probably okay. You can probe with a piece of stiff wire around the screw holes and see if there is any severe softness. Jun 07, 2010 · The transom "block" is mostly dry but I know it's headed the way of the stringers. When it get's done in a couple of seasons I'll use NidaBond OR SeaForm(no more wood(in the boat). ETA: If your paying pros to fix this kind of damage you may have to whip out the AMEX let alone the checkbook. How can you tell if your transom is bad?? Post by baptistpreach » 08 Jan 2009, 08:58 I've heard guys talk about them rotting and such, how can I tell if mine's bad? May 24, 2013 · If the weight and force of the outboard is causing the transom to compress, this will cause the bolts to be loose. If your jack plate has been installed with only bolts and plate washers, this may... Feb 12, 2011 · Lastly, the hardener you'll want is medium. Actually, most in your area will use slow, but you'll need the working time of the medium cure. If you have space heaters, tent the work area around the transom, when you're ready to walk away (all the goo tossing is over) and place the heater inside it. Granted, there are more ways to identify a rotten transom. Drill a small hole in a suspect area and see if the wood comes out dry and wood-colored, wet, or like sawdust. If it's the latter two, you have rot. Knock on the transom, sometimes this works to identify "hollow" sounding areas, indicating that it may be rotten in that area. Rotten wood in the transom is unusual. If the transom is looks sound, i.e. there is not separation of the "green line" on the top edge and there is no bulging or cracks in the transom, then the chances are good the wood inside is fine. I once cut apart a completely soggy 30 year old Whaler transom that had no dry rot whatsoever. derf Knowing your boat as I do, I can tell you, it most likely is shot. The next test is to remove the two lower bolts and stick your finger in the holes. If they're wet, then you pretty much know what's going on, bit I can tell you I've done quite a few Bayliners of that vintage and all had rotten transom cores. This is one of the symptoms! Water is leaking out from behind the transom plate on an inboard. Sure sign that water will also be leaking in! This is one of the symptoms! Bad rot will lead to totally deteriorated wood and a lot of flex in the transom when the outdrive unit is under load. If you're not experiencing that, then your transom overall is probably okay. You can probe with a piece of stiff wire around the screw holes and see if there is any severe softness. Nov 25, 2017 · It can be just the transom they will be able to tell when the transom wood is removed and ends of stringers are exposed. Get a few quotes for sure. You need to find a good back yard guy looking to make a couple extra bucks for the holidays to keep the cost down. May 17, 2018 · Depending on how your cap is I would bet you are looking at $1500 to $4000+. If you have a motor well for a outboard they will cut out the transom from outside the boat and reskin the outside with new glass. The transom test as Lundy described above is a traditional one, but will only show a really bad issue. My 1995 Tyee never had any appearance of a problem. I had even just repowered from a 115 to a 200 and while changing out the motors there was no flexing or evidence of any problem. May 21, 2015 · A simple test is to raise the drive and then stand on it and bounce up and down on it. There should be absolutely NO flexing of the transom AT ALL. You need another person to watch because you can't tell while you are on the drive. Depending on how bad it is, water will leak into the boat while underway. Sep 05, 2014 · Look for any signs of transom bowing or deformation. Look for any signs of the motor mounting bolts and washers being pulled into the transom. If the customer knows his boat, he will not have any issues with you to tug up and down on the bottom of the motor with the motor tipped fully up. Your boat transom—or the flat section that forms the square-shaped stern—is one of the most critical areas you need to maintain. And, if you have a wooden transom, then you know that you always need to inspect for rot to make sure that everything’s in top shape. Jun 16, 2017 · He uses the hammer to perform a simple tap test on the laminate in question. “I walk around the boat and tap different areas — key areas like the transom — and I listen carefully,” says Perette. “I’m listening for contrasting sounds. A dry core with a solid laminate gives off a clean, crisp sound when you tap it. Granted, there are more ways to identify a rotten transom. Drill a small hole in a suspect area and see if the wood comes out dry and wood-colored, wet, or like sawdust. If it's the latter two, you have rot. Knock on the transom, sometimes this works to identify "hollow" sounding areas, indicating that it may be rotten in that area. Nov 25, 2017 · It can be just the transom they will be able to tell when the transom wood is removed and ends of stringers are exposed. Get a few quotes for sure. You need to find a good back yard guy looking to make a couple extra bucks for the holidays to keep the cost down. When cutting back the knees/stringers that were connected to the transom, I had to cut back until I got past the rotted wood. I cut off about six inches of a stringer (3) and could see by its appearance I was past the wet wood. If you are uncertain, use a pin-type moisture meter to measure the wood’s water content. Bad rot will lead to totally deteriorated wood and a lot of flex in the transom when the outdrive unit is under load. If you're not experiencing that, then your transom overall is probably okay. You can probe with a piece of stiff wire around the screw holes and see if there is any severe softness. Aug 12, 2006 · 2) When the wood rots and the transom begins to flex the rivets and bolts all start working loose. This results in more leaking. 3) To identify loose rivets, look for a black ring around the edge of the rivet. This black stuff is a result of aluminum parts rubbing against each other. May 17, 2018 · Depending on how your cap is I would bet you are looking at $1500 to $4000+. If you have a motor well for a outboard they will cut out the transom from outside the boat and reskin the outside with new glass. rotten stringer/transom « on: July 26, 2009, 08:04:10 PM » OK, so I finally get Bebo to work on the Hondo after finding the bad foam outside the stringers (previous thread), and now we find that the left side stringer is rotten where it ties into the transom . The floor seems solid when walking on it and there are no holes in the glass on the floor or transom. The only hole in the transom is the one for the drain plug, still has the original plastic liner in it. If there is no flex does that mean its solid? rotten stringer/transom « on: July 26, 2009, 08:04:10 PM » OK, so I finally get Bebo to work on the Hondo after finding the bad foam outside the stringers (previous thread), and now we find that the left side stringer is rotten where it ties into the transom . May 17, 2018 · Depending on how your cap is I would bet you are looking at $1500 to $4000+. If you have a motor well for a outboard they will cut out the transom from outside the boat and reskin the outside with new glass. Jun 24, 2011 · If you need to make the transom in several pieces or you are using multiple layers of plywood for your new transom, stagger the joints for maximum strength. Once the plywood is cut to size, you ... May 21, 2015 · A simple test is to raise the drive and then stand on it and bounce up and down on it. There should be absolutely NO flexing of the transom AT ALL. You need another person to watch because you can't tell while you are on the drive. Depending on how bad it is, water will leak into the boat while underway.